“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman
Imagine for a moment a world where everyone did work that made them come alive. And imagine if you were surrounded by the people who made that type of life possible.
What would that look like? How differently would you treat your server at lunch or your wife or children? How much harder would you pursue the things in front of you? How much more innovation would there be? How would those around you start to treat others as a result of how you treated them?
One ripple creates another. When enough ripples intersect, you have a revolution.
I believe that the world would be an altogether different place if we all did work that actually mattered to us. Because when we focus our time and talents on the work that means something to us, it starts to matter to those around us as well. That’s what starts to change the world.
This way of life is more possible than you think. More possible than it’s ever been. Especially when you decide to surround yourself with the people already doing it. I want to expose you to that new world – to that community that makes the impossible not only possible, but normal. That is why Live Your Legend exists.
Don’t be mistaken, it often takes massive effort to make this transition. You’re going to ask yourself some tough questions with even more challenging answers. But is there anything more worth getting right? This is your guide to breaking free.
Here you’ll find all kinds of practical tools, actions and experiments for understanding yourself, finding your purpose and living it.
So be ready to cover a lot of ground. I’m constantly learning, traveling, exploring, interacting with others, reading a ton of books and testing everything under the sun, from rapid ultra-marathon preparation to creating instant rapport. Every bit of it helps us better understand ourselves and how you can better push limits and put your dent in the world.
It’s time to stop sleepwalking.
Here’s a short 2 minute welcome video to tell you all about what Live Your Legend has to offer. It was published the day this site first launched, and I thought I’d keep it up as a fun way to show you where we came from…Can’t see the video? Click here.
You know you could be doing better work, you’re just not sure where to start.
You’re tired of people telling you life has to be lived a certain way.
You need a tight community of people to inspire and support your big ideas.
You want to do something that actually matters – to you and to the world.
You need help getting there.
What we’re doing here is not for everyone, but if this strikes a chord, then come join us and the tens of thousands of other readers already committed to doing all they can with their one life. We are meant to do work we love. The world needs it. Be a part of something bigger than yourself. You are not alone. There are other people who see the world in a similar way. It turns out there are a lot of us. As of writing this we have over 80,000 people from every country in the world. You’re in good company.
In October of 2012 I was asked to give a TEDx talk at the de Young Museum in San Francisco on How to Find & Do Work You Love. It was an unbelievable honor. The talk has now been viewed over half a million times and is currently one of the top 20 most viewed TEDx talks of the 20,000+ talks on YouTube. It’s been an amazing honor and grateful experience, especially since this message embodies exactly what Live Your Legend stands for. Enjoy! Can’t see the video? Click here. For a bit more of a taste of how we see the world, check out: The 15 Rules of Our Revolution (Are you in or are you out?)
A while back I was exploring through Patagonia doing some fly fishing and reflecting. I found myself laying out on a fallen tree reading The Alchemist for the fifth time. It’s a story about a boy pursuing his Personal Legend – one’s destiny and reason for being. It’s something you never actually accomplish, but is more an inherent feeling of purpose you spend your life pursuing. This legend, more than anything, gives one genuine reason to live and do great things. After reading one of the passages, I looked out to the stream and, among some of the most vast wildernesses in the world, realized we are all here to live our own legend.
We all have dreams, passions and gifts that the world desperately needs. If we aren’t adding those to the world, we aren’t living our potential and we’ll never be fully fulfilled. Not to mention we’re short changing the rest of the world! But don’t worry, your legend doesn’t have to be some earth-shattering thing – it can be anything as long as it’s meaningful to you. Maybe it’s solving world hunger or simply using your talent to teach algebra to the child down the street. It isn’t about size or fame or recognition. It’s about putting a dent in the world that only you are capable of. It’s about finding what makes you come alive. It’s about being free.
Unfortunately, too many people tell us these dreams aren’t possible. Perhaps it’s time to stop listening and start living. It’s time to start doing things we give a sh*t about. Or as Theodore Roosevelt so perfectly said, it’s time to step into the arena. His words hang framed, permanently on my office wall…
It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt
I’m Scott. I’m likely not much different than any of you. Other than the fact that I love learning and improvement, and for the past 8 years I’ve run experiments on myself and others to better understand what lights us on fire.
Over the years I noticed a process for making these discoveries and started helping others find the same through coaching, writing, documenting folks living their legends all over the world, and doing all kinds of wild adventures. It turns out to be pretty fulfilling work and pretty damn important. You can check out my full story here.
The following beliefs drive most of my actions:
There are big things to come and I hope you’ll join for the ride. This is me living my legend, encouraging you to lead yours. Come join the revolution!
To give you a better feel for how I can help you, be sure to download our free Passionate Work Toolkit and join our community. It’s all free for you to use anyway you’d like it. All I ask is that you do something with it!
I promise this is just the beginning…